Mental Health in Coastal and Marine Science | All Swell?

July 28, 2022

Mental health challenges for coastal and marine pros!

This week Kyra and GG have an open conversation about mental health in grad school and work. They discuss imposter syndrome, loneliness and share tools they’ve learned to help with these challenges. They also share a few exciting updates from fellow TCS members.

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Genevieve “GG” Guerry, Kyra Hagge, Nora Ives, Eva May, and Kara Nunnally

American Shoreline Podcast Network teamed up with graduate and professional students from student chapters of The Coastal Society to highlight voices in coastal science and management. Together they’ve created All Swell?, an innovative podcast that dives into current ocean and coastal issues, their potential solutions, and the people leading the way toward a more resilient future. The podcast creators and hosts this year are from East Carolina University and Duke University. Genevieve “GG” Guerry and Kyra Hagge are Ph.D. candidates at East Carolina. GG is interested in public health and aims to work on the public perception of forever chemicals such as PFAS in the Cape Fear watershed and climate migration. Kyra is integrating behavioral economics and social psychology with hydrogeology to tackle questions about pro-environmental behavior and adoption of green technology along the coast of North Carolina. Nora Ives, Eva May, and Kara Nunnally are Master of Environmental Management candidates at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. Nora’s work explores policy and other management solutions to better conserve marine biodiversity, with a focus on protecting coastal elasmobranch nurseries. Eva’s work is in the field of sustainable fisheries and marine mammal accidental capture - she hopes to help find equitable solutions to bycatch that minimize fishery impacts on marine mammals and improve ecosystem knowledge amongst fishermen. Kara is interested in coastal resilience and adaptation strategies for North Carolina communities, shellfish aquaculture, sustainable sportfishing practices, and the microplastic crisis.